San Casciano val di Pesa may be a petite, tranquil Tuscan town, but from its hilltop position in the stunning Chianti countryside, and just a 25-minute ride from the beautiful architectural city of Florence, it is a town of significance. Set in the province of Florence, in the Chianti hills you’ll be treated to a landscape scattered with ancient olive groves, world-renowned vineyards, and an opportunity to taste the delicious wine and olive oil in and around the village. The village itself has some lovely restaurants, trattorie and pizzerias for a taste of the region, and there’s also the local grocers, butchers and bakers for your everyday essentials. Wander the winding streets and relax in the medieval square with a heavenly gelato. There’s a number of churches to discover and a museum of sacred art. The nearby village of Mercatale boasts two notable castles, which are worth a visit, and then, of course, there are the nearby cities of Siena, Pisa and Florence, which are simply stunning.